spaghetti with lemon

It's been a crazy weekend. First the U.S. draw Slovenia 3 to 2. Then this bear shows up at our picnic table (super polite, but still). Then, we headed to Catalina Island to meet up with my family. Point being, time has been scarce, and so are the words in this post.

From John Pawson and Annie Bell's Living and Eating:

our version:
This meal could solve the world's problems?

Pawson and Bell write: "Deceptive in the innocence of its appearance, this is clean, sharp, and richly flavored with lemon and Parmesan. The cry is for a crisp green salad to follow." And how. I recommend arugula with a simple dressing of freshly-squeezed lemon juice, fresh lemon zest, olive oil, salt and pepper.

serves 4

3/4 pound dried spaghetti
5 tablespoons white wine
finely grated zest of 3 lemons
3/4 cup heavy cream
juice of 1/2 lemon
3/12 ounces Grueyere or Emmental cheese, grated (1 cup)
sea salt
black pepper
Parmesan cheese, to serve

Bring a large pan of salted water to boil, add the spaghetti and stir to separate the strands. Cook until just tender. In the meantime, put the wine and lemon zest in a small saucepan, bring to boil and reduce by half.

Once the spaghetti is just tender, drain it into a colander, but not too thoroughly, then return it to the saucepan. Toss with the reduced wine mixture, the heavy cream, lemon juice and grated Gruyere or Emmental. Season liberally and cook over a high heat for a minute or two until the sauce thickens enough to coat the pasta. Serve right away, scattered with freshly grated Parmesan.


Anonymous said...

Bear makes blog.

Andrea said...

This looks like a delicious summer meal.

danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I can't wait to try this!

Megan Taylor said...

WHAT is that bear?

Anonymous said...

US got JOBBED! This pasta is my FAVE!
- Matttttt

Amelia Morris said...

megan, thank you for noticing that wonderful bear picture. to answer your quesetion: it's simply a picture I found on the Internet and subsequently fell in love with. I mean, just look at HIM! :)

dawn said...

OMG - I am so going to make this!!! It reminds me of the simplicity of Spaghetti Aglio e Olio but with just a bit of extra love for those days that you need it or crave it! Thanks for sharing.

dulci said...

oh man...ain't nothing in the world a lil creamy pasta can't fix.


Amelia Morris said...

dawn: you're welcome! Love that Spaghetti Aglio e Olio too.

Courtney said...

Yum Yum! I read the recipe this morning and made it for dinner tonight. It didn't disappoint. Not only was it as delicious as you promised (arugala salad and all) we also managed to discover how to end the war in Iraq, how to save our education system, and what to do about pesky bears sitting down at your picnic table for lunch (offer him a plate, naturally). Thanks for always bringing the best with a laugh.

Amelia Morris said...

courtney! that made me smile--so glad you enjoyed!

Heather Taylor said...

oh man oh man! i want this now! perhaps I will cook this on monday night and eat while I CONTINUE to watch ali fedotowsky on her quest for love!

Megan Taylor said...

This is a perfect Friday night dinner...I think I'm going to make it tonight! I'll let you know...xo!

Kayla said...

This. Looks. Delicicous.

leslie said...

I've made this several times now (making it again tonight) so amazing!! Really yummy!!

Sara said...

Made this tonight and loved it!